Southwest University was founded in Phoenix, Arizona February 7, 1982. The University was also registered as a Foreign Corporation in the State of Louisiana. In 1984 the University became a Louisiana corporation.

The intention of the founders was to establish a University that emphasized personal, caring, service working with adult learners who already had earned some college credit. This unique approach to student relationships remains the University's priority and hallmark today.

The University has a colorful, challenging past. Accreditation was achieved January, 2004. Southwest University was the only Distance Education University from over 100 institution applicants in the State of Louisiana to achieve accreditation. It was a memorable experience to receive a standing ovation from the Louisiana Board of Regents.

In September 2004, eight months after achieving accreditation, our co-founder passed away. On August 29, 2005, the University facility was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Following Katrina, the University continued to service all students from alternate facilities until weeks later the staff was allowed to return to the city and establish a new base of operations in a slowly recovering Kenner, LA. With limited phone lines, internet access and available resources, the University continued to service students, many of whom were unaware of the hardships. No students was inconvenienced, nor services stopped. The University was displaced for two and a half years while the facilities were rebuilt.

Prior to our 2008 reaccreditation, the staff moved back into the rebuilt facilities. Southwest University is privileged to continue to serve its students and graduates.


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